On Tuesday, April 10, MIT welcomed Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to the MIT Media Lab. Upon her arrival, MIT President Susan Hockfield and MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif greeted Rousseff. She attended two private meetings with Brazilian ministers, MIT officials and selected students.
Afterward, Rousseff and Hockfield witnessed the signing of a letter of intent between MIT's School of Engineering and São Paulo’s Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA), committing to work together over the next six months to evaluate the possibility of a future collaboration. The letter of intent was signed by Ian Waitz, dean of MIT's School of Engineering, and Carlos Américo Pacheco, rector of ITA.
In addition, Israel Ruiz, MIT’s executive vice president and treasurer, and Glaucius Oliva, president of Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq, the National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development), signed an agreement that provides fellowships for up to 50 students from Brazil, entering MIT from 2013 to 2015, for doctoral programs in science and engineering.